British government has been planning to introduce secret trials called Kafkaesque,
which could themselves be kept secret under legislation before the Lords
The UK government is
planning to introduce secret trials, which opposition groups condemn.
UK government would be able to apply to the courts for a case to be held
in closed material proceedings (CMP) under the Justice and Security Bill.
could present evidence under CMP to a judge without the defence having a
right to challenge it or even being aware of the nature of the evidence.
plans of secret trials have been widely condemned by human rights lawyers
and civil liberties groups as an attempt by the UK government to place itself
and the security services above the law.
debates among the Lords, government minister Baroness Stowell stated that
"in some instances the fact of the application (for CMP) will not be
Falconer asked the minister "whether it is envisaged that the fact
of an application being made for a closed material proceeding should be
charity Reprieve also opposed the introduction of secret trials and condemned
any suggestions under which CMP applications could be kept secret.
executive director Clare Algar said, "These courts could be used to
sweep serious state human rights abuses - such as torture - under the carpet."